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BJP was greedy for power in J&K, but decamped after spreading anarchy, says Shiv Sena

In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena compared the BJP’s exit to the British decamping from India in 1947.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2018 09:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Shiv Sena,BJP,PDP
Combination photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Agencies)

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its exit from the Jammu and Kashmir government, the Shiv Sena on Thursday said the party had spread anarchy in the state before opting out.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said the BJP formed the government with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) only for “greed” of power, and compared its exit to the British decamping from India in 1947.

Earlier this week, the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, claiming that it had become “untenable”. “Terrorism, violence, and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of citizens are in danger in the Valley,” Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary and architect of the alliance, told media while announcing the decision on June 19.

The Sena slammed the BJP for pinning the blame of rising violence solely on the PDP. “The BJP opted out of power after spreading anarchy in the Valley. The situation has never before deteriorated to this extent, rivers of blood have never flown so extensively, and never have so many soldiers lost their lives before,” the Sena alleged.

In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked about dealing with terrorism in Kashmir and Pakistan with a “56-inch chest”, but those assurances have fallen flat, the Sena pointed out. People in Jammu and Kashmir are so distressed with the increasing incidents of violence that they “feel the [previous] Congress-National Conference government was better,” the editorial claimed, questioning the BJP over the promises made of “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) for Kashmiri Pandits, and the repealing of Article 370 of the Constitution.

The Sena also took a swipe at demonetisation, and alleged that it has only led to a rise in terrorism. “One of the reasons for demonetisation was to curb terrorism, but terrorism has increased a thousand times after demonetisation. Pakistani intrusions have increased. More soldiers are dying, despite no ongoing war. When you failed to stop all this, you pinned the blame on the PDP. The Britishers, too, had decamped in a similar manner.”

This is not the first time the Sena has given its ally a hard time over Kashmir. Last week, it had slammed the BJP for the “violence, bloodbath and series of killings” in Kashmir, including the gunning down of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the newspaper ‘Rising Kashmir’.

The Sena has been constantly reiterating in the media that it will contest the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections solo, even after a recent meeting between Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP president Amit Shah. On its 52nd foundation day on June 19, Thackeray mocked the BJP again, though he did not spell out the party’s decision regarding an alliance between the two parties.

First Published: Jun 21, 2018 13:13 IST